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All funding must be maximised – O’Dowd

29 June, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited St Mary’s Primary School, Newtownbutler, to see the completion of an upgrade to their facilities.

The school has been the beneficiary of minor works funding of over £100,000 to enhance the school facilities.

Speaking after the visit the Minister commented: “Often relatively small investments can have a significant impact on the life of a school. Minor works funding is prioritised according to need and may include refurbishment to existing accommodation or as in this case, upgrading security for the school building. It is important that in this current financial climate that we deploy all available funds on a strategic basis ensuring we maximise and maintain the facilities we have.

“I welcome the fact that the school has secured external funding to develop their outdoor facilities, which has been further enhanced with the inclusion of Extended Schools funding from the Department. It is through collaboration that we can all ensure money and resources are best utilised. The introduction of a multi-sensory garden will help to encourage the children to explore their surroundings while having fun and learning.

“I would like to thank everyone for making me so welcome at the school and I would congratulate Principal, Paula Kelly, and her staff for overseeing the improvements to the fabric of the school site.”

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